The dairy farm in the middle of Åland
The Östergårds farm is located in the municipality of Sund in the middle of Åland, and has been owned by the same family since 1908. The current owner couple, Ole and Tarja Blomqvist, represent the fourth generation in the same family line to live on the farm. When Ole took over the property after his father in 1993, there were 15 cows on the farm. Today, the milk farm has around 300 milk cows, of which roughly 60 per cent are Ayshire cattle and around 40 per cent are Holstein cattle.
The milk farm strives to produce only the highest-quality milk, that is classified as E-class milk. Another aim is to ensure that at least 80 per cent of the fodder given to the cattle is cultivated on Åland, and that antibiotics use is minimized.
The cows are milked three times a day. In the morning, the milking starts at 5:30, during the day at 13:30 and in the night at 20:30. The milk farmers do 12-hour working days and in addition, cleaning tasks take some time.
At Östergårds, visitors can participate in a guided tour and see up close how a real milk farm is run.
Nature enthusiasts can book a guided nature tour that takes approximately one hour. The tour takes visitors to winding paths and high rocky hills, and is not suitable for small children.